BLUE LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's officials in Northern California say there is a strong possibility that illegal marijuana growers were behind the poisoning death of a researcher's dog.
Humboldt County Sheriff's Lt. Wayne Hanson said on Monday that investigators are exploring that theory, as they probe the death of Nyxo, a 10-year-old Labrador mix.
Nyxo died in February after eating red meat laced with brodifacoum, a rat poison. Its owner, ecologist Mourad Gabriel, published a study in 2012 that concluded rat poison used on illegal marijuana farms may be sickening and killing a type of weasel.
Hanson said investigators have no concrete evidence that pot growers were behind the dog's death, but have noted the correlation between how it died and Gabriel's research.